Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage sedan.
Budget-minded Australian car buyers have flocked to the Mitsubishi Mirage since its launch last year and the model is the clear and dominant leader in the light car segment of the market.
Now, a sedan version completes the Mirage line-up and is priced from $14,490.
Just like budget airlines, the Mirage will take you from A to B, but don’t expect much more. The engine, a 1.2 litre three-cylinder unit, provides 57kW and 100Nm and while acceleration is a low dull from a standing stop, the Mirage will happily cruise along at 110km/h on a freeway.
I like the transmission, it’s a CVT automatic and while generally I’m not sold on the CVT technology, in this application it provides the engine with plenty of assistance and impressively smooth power delivery.
The steering though is a little vague and the brake pedal is disappointingly spongy – these two elements, which you would think could be quite easily improved, just help remind you that you are in a bargain-basement offering.
Fuel economy though is quite good; I averaged just over 7.0L/100kms in a week of city driving – the official claimed consumption figure is 4.9L/100kms and this could be a little ambitious.
At speed the Mirage feels a touch unsettled, this is exacerbated by the slightly sloppy steering and corners aren’t taken with a lot of confidence at speed either.
One major highlight though is the turning circle – the Mirage could turn on a 20 cent piece!
Inside the cabin, aside from rather flat and firm seats, the look and feel is pretty good. The steering wheel is nice and comfy in your hands, the gauges are clear and easy to read and the climate control settings are easy to adjust. The lack of a centre arm-rest in the Mirage lets comfort levels down a little though.
You can sync your smart phone via a voice command Bluetooth system that I managed to use without any issues.
Legroom is surprisingly good front and back and headroom is pretty good too. Speaking of space – the Mirage sedan boot is very generously sized and leaves most five-door hatchbacks for dead. Though take note – the back seat doesn’t fold at all and that means long items aren’t going to fit.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage range boasts a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; the Mirage is attracting prospective buyers into Mitsubishi dealerships because of its low pricing, but, they are being purchased because the Mirage is very hard to beat on value-for-money.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 1.2L 3-cylinder delivering 57kW and 100Nm
Transmission: CVT automatic
Safety: Five stars
Price: Sedan from $14,490